My name is Olivia Martin, I am a 20 year old junior resident student here at AUR. My presence here in Rome is the result of many unusual and unexpected circumstances coming together, but I have not looked back for a second. My older brother enrolled at AUR in 2012 and would not rest until he succeeded in commandeering me from my previously held life plans. He knew that Rome would provide the experience and education that I was frantically searching for back home in England.
Here at AUR I am characterised by two main traits. Firstly, I am one of only three English students, with an accent that seems to provide endless comedy to many of my peers. Secondly, I am known for being covered in paint on a regular basis due to my decision to study Fine Arts as my major. Painting has been a passion of mine from a very young age, but I was hesitant to pursue this through my studies. I originally enrolled at Southampton University to study Psychology, within three weeks it dawned on me that I had made a huge mistake. Upon returning home for Christmas in my first year, I was told that unfortunately my Grandfather had past away. For reasons I cannot explain, this was the push I needed to finally explain to my parents that I wanted to drop out of Southampton. I am so thankful that I made this monumental decision.
I feel secure in my decision to follow my instincts and my scepticism surrounding art as an occupation and my lack of confidence in my own artistic ability has gradually fallen away. I have come to realise that I have so much more to gain from studying something I love, and AUR has opened my eyes to the many opportunities available to me in this field. Like I say to everyone when they ask me what I study, where better to study art than in Rome?
The Kickstarter Economy: How to Use the Power of Crowdfunding and Social Media to Turn Your Creative Project Ideas Into a Reality
Speaker: Justin P. Moore
Thursday April 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM
AUR’s Arianna Auditorium
Based in Berlin since 2001, American artist, designer, world traveler, and food-lover Justin P. Moore will share his secrets of crowd-funding success via Kickstarter with the AUR community. In 2013 he successfully funded, published, and produced his highly-acclaimed vegan cookbook, “The Lotus and the Artichoke -Vegan Recipes from World Adventures.” His successful online campaign reached 220% of its initial fundraising goal, was a featured project on Kickstarter’s home page, and was represented in Time Magazine’s recent October 2012 article, “The Kickstarter Economy.” Visit his project page here.
Justin’s creation, “The Lotus and the Artichoke” features over 100 vegan recipes inspired by his travels and culinary adventures around the world. The cookbook focuses on the fusion of culinary styles from East and West and celebrates global traditions as well as new kitchen creativity beyond all borders. The lecture will delve into the topics of crowd-funding basics, which projects are good candidates for crowd-funding, how to create a successful campaign, using social media, finding a target audience, expectations and obligations, and more. Rumor also has it that vegan treats will be available for the audience to sample afterwards.
The first time I noticed a FEED bag was in the stands of a Whole Foods market a few years ago. I didn’t think much of it, until I started seeing them on the arms of numerous celebrities and of course I was curious to know more about this project and why so many people were taking part in it. Lauren Bush (George W.’s niece) and United Nations World Food Program’s Communications Officer Ellen Gustafson started FEED Projects in 2007 and the concept is that if you buy one of these burlap bags it will feed a child in school for one year. After checking out their site when I saw the bag at the market, I wanted to contribute- so I purchased a bunch of bags for my friends as gifts. I have to say it’s an organization I really admire and I think they have done a great job in a very challenging task: merging fashion and philanthropy.
I remember a day a few years ago when I was going through my errands and I saw this woman wearing an interesting pair of shoes. They were red and there wasn’t anything very special about them, they reminded me of a very light moccasin. I looked more closely at them and saw a tag that said TOMS. I had never seen this brand before and she walked away and so I continued on with my day and did not really think any more of the shoe. A few weeks later I heard TOMS come up in a conversation and immediately I thought of those red shoes that woman was wearing. It was after I overheard that conversation when I looked up these shoes on the internet and found the most amazing story. Continue reading
Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe is a painting by Eduard Manet that directly challenges the “acceptable” representation of the woman at that time, donating power to the female figure of the painting which, ultimately, becomes the subject matter of the composition. The painting, originally titled Le Bain (The Bath), is a large oil canvas created in the 1860s which is now found in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. It was submitted in 1863 at what became the Salon des Refusés. Continue reading
I became aware of the program Aid to Artisans, by a speaker that came to speak at my my school back in New York. she had started out in the fashion industry and heard about this program starting up that would help artisans in thrid world countries build their business and be able to outsource their products to major brands, so that their products could be sold in places like Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports.
Everywhere I travel I try to visit local museums to explore what they have to offer, and even in my hometown of Los Angeles it’s easy to find a variety of galleries and shows. I really enjoy exhibits that have a purpose and that contribute towards a cause… because you know that your participation makes a difference. I admire artists who take their creative skill set to build something that helps others.
The piece I selected, which is also a documentary and non-profit organization is called “Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids” and it was created in 2004 by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. When you watch the film it really gives you a look into the lives of these amazing children who are trying to survive in the dangerous place of Calcutta. On the website, they explain the project as “a tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art” which I think is the perfect way of explaining the project. Briski went to Calcutta originally to photograph the prostitutes of the area and was overwhelmed and immediately drawn to the children who play an unwilling part in Calcutta’s unfortunate system of crime and prostitution.
Before I go ahead and talk about the painting I chose, I think it best to elucidate a bit on the style.
The Brotherhood of Pre-Raphaelites was founded by a group of painters, poets and critics that believed that the Classical compositions, those of Raphael in particular, had been corrupting; hence, the name Pre-Raphaelite. They were objectors to the influence of the English Royal Academy of Arts, whom they considered conventional and conformist. In contrast, they wanted to return to the detailed and colorful compositions of the Italian and Flemish Quattrocento.
Their work was considered controversial in part because they had kept their existence a secret until their first exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1849. However, it was their rejection of the conventional style, the use of a common signature of P.R.B. (which obviously stood for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood), and the “reality” of the subjects portrayed which caused outrage among the critics.
Good Day Classmates!
I am Mardi Vartabedian. Yes, Mardi with a D.
I am from Chicago, Illinois in a neighborhood located on the northwest side. I am the youngest with one old brother && two sisters. I have always had the interest to travel abroad, which why I am in Roma right now. Likewise, my sister lived in Australia for a couple of years and my parents have traveled all over the world, I knew it was my turn to join the journey.
I attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ( very different from Italy let me just say ). My major is Advertising with a minor in Studio Art & Design. Recently, I took two courses, one involved with visual communication and design and the second focused on drawing and painting. As a thriving artist, my passion for the arts has grown to be my life. Rather going to museums, concerts, galleries, or even looking at a piece of art for hours, I have come to realization that visual communication will always be a part of my past, present, and future life.
With a hidden talent in art, I love jewelry and my favorite food is avocados. Quite bizarre. Also, I have an obsession with trees! Overall, I’m eager to learn about the creative side of the world. Nice to meet all of you! Ciao.